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Aug. 18: New Student Processional through Alumni Arch

Because of rain, this event will be held indoors in hallway between Taylor Center and Myers Field House.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office Announcement, 8-17-2017

UPDATE: Because of rain and weather conditions, today’s new student processional at Minnesota State University, Mankato has been moved inside.

Faculty, staff and returning students interested in participating are asked to line the hallway from Taylor Center to Myers Fieldhouse to cheer and welcome new students to the University.

Staff will begin lining up in the hallway at 10:45 a.m., with the 3-5 minute processional taking place at approximately 11 a.m.


 Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato will welcome new students to campus Friday, Aug. 18 between approximately 10:45 and 11 a.m. in a new student processional through the Old Main Alumni Arch, located near the Ostrander-Student Memorial Bell Tower on the west side of Warren Street.

The approximately 3-5 minute festive processional is intended to symbolize the students’ arrival on campus as Minnesota State Mankato students. It is believed to be the first time an opening processional through the Alumni Arch has been held at the University.

After attending a rally in the Taylor Center on campus, new Minnesota State Mankato students (including transfer students) will follow the Maverick Machine marching band through the Alumni Arch.

Faculty, staff and returning students are invited to arrive at the Alumni Arch by 10:45 a.m. to prepare to cheer, clap and welcome the new students during the processional as they arrive there around 11 a.m. Pom poms will be passed out and banners will be set up along the processional path.

After the processional, the new students will be provided a complimentary lunch during a “backyard bash” in the grassy grove area on the west side of the Alumni Arch. Faculty, staff and returning students may purchase lunches while supplies last. For more information, contact Bill Tourville by phone at 507-389-6076 or by email at

Student Affairs, Student Activities and the Minnesota State Student Association organized the new student events.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,110 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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